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Vikings re-sign former Bison tight end Ben Ellefson

Ellefson is set to return for his third season with the Minnesota Vikings

Regular Season Week 18
Former North Dakota State tight end Ben Ellefson has re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings.
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FARGO — Former North Dakota State tight end Ben Ellefson has re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the NFL team announced Wednesday, March 15.

Ellefson, from Hawley, Minn., is slated to return for a third season with the Vikings. He is entering his fourth season in the NFL, starting his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020 as an undrafted free agent.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Ellefson has played in 16 games during his career with four receptions for 36 yards. He played in four games last season for the Vikings and had three catches for 26 yards.

Ellefson played for the Bison from 2016-2018, catching 35 passes for 463 yards and 16 touchdowns over four seasons. He played in 59 games during his NDSU career.

The Vikings also announced the signing of outside linebacker Kenny Willekes, who is also set to return for his third season with the Vikings. Minnesota originally drafted the 6-foot-3, 264-pound Willekes in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft.


In addition, the Vikings announced Wednesday they agreed to terms with cornerback Byron Murphy, defensive end Marcus Davenport and tight end Josh Oliver.

The Vikings also have T.J. Hockenson, Johnny Mundt and Nick Muse listed on their roster at tight end along with Ellefson and Oliver.

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Former Hawley High School and North Dakota State football player Ben Ellefson, now with the Minnesota Vikings, poses with Marshall High School players after Vikings' practice Thursday, Aug. 18, at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minn.
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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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